While Apple calls on suppliers to Invest more in India, Xiaomi follows Apple's Leadership & drops Charger in latest Phone
According to people familiar with the matter, Apple is accelerating the expansion of their Indian supply chain and persuading more partners to invest in India to set up factories in order to increase the value of local procurement. It is also possible that Apple will also expand their production in India in the future to cover AirPods and Mac devices, according to a Digitimes report published on Christmas day. The rest of the report is behind a paywall.
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Tomorrow, one of Apple's Chinese competitors Xiaomi will officially unveil their latest mi 11 smartphone as noted above. Lei Jun, the CEO of Chinese phone maker Xiaomi, has confirmed that its upcoming Mi 11 phone will not come with a charger, citing environmental concerns.
Xiaomi had months back joined other smartphone makers like Samsung in poking fun at Apple for not including chargers with the iPhone 12. While its an embarrassment to reverse course as they did, it's nice to see that they're now following Apple's leadership.
According to a Chinese report, Lei Jun issued three Weibo posts in a row to announce that Xiaomi's latest flagship mobile phone does not ship with chargers, and gave a detailed answer on Weibo. Jun stated that "Behind the thinness, we made an important decision: in response to the call of technology and environmental protection, Xiaomi 11 canceled the included charger."